The regular weekly meeting of Student Senate took place on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Round Room of the Ford Center for the Fine Arts. With Homecoming and Bioneers taking place this week, the Senate meeting was fairly small, with several members, including President and senior Sam Claypool, otherwise occupied. This meeting was led by Senate Vice President, senior David Barton.
Minutes were approved quickly and the treasury discussed its allocations of funds to various clubs. Treasurer and junior Gordon Barratt introduced the recommended budgets for clubs, which were approved. A new non-budgeted club, called Knox College World News, was also approved.
The club requested $60 for the year; this small a budget was deemed unnecessary for the moment. This news organization will involve students presenting on the news of a subject that interests the individual student. They will be judged by peers on presentation and receive feedback on the effectiveness of their report.
Barratt also introduced graphs tracking the expenses of the Student Senate. This is meant to determine when the Senate is being too thrifty and when it is becoming wasteful. These graphs are intended to be presented to the Senate body weekly.
Barratt also suggested setting aside a fund for clubs that have been penalized for the previous year’s error in administration regarding budgeting. This fund will allocate up to $4000 for clubs that have been demoted to non-budgeted clubs or zero budgeted clubs. Barrett rationalized this by stating that current clubs should not be penalized for errors made by previous administration. Additionally, some clubs that would like to be active are unable to do so at present, which is detrimental to the Knox College community.
The Residential Quality of Life Committee met and discussed environmentally sustainable washers. Chairwoman and sophomore Katie Wrenn explained that Knox is currently under contract to a specific company. That contract expires at the end of the current school year, at which point the committee hopes to replace the campus washers. The new washers will hold more laundry per load, but each load will be more expensive. The committee intends to distribute a survey to gauge student response to these changes.
Other student committees also met and are currently encouraging more non-Senate student involvement. The committees are still starting out and seem eager for student input.
The desire to reach out to the student body is heightened by Barton’s suggestion to create a Senate committee for Senate rules. This is intended to decrease redundancy and conflicts within regular meetings. This will hopefully improve the Senate relationship with the student body.